Dear Supporters of Bialowieza Forest,
As winter is coming, temperatures drop significantly and the cold makes it impossible to sleep in tents, the Camp for the Forest has moved for the colder time of the year to Teremiski, where – thanks to good and open hearts of their friends – activists can stay is a roofed and warm building. Yet, it also means that the space and number of places available are more limited than before. Therefore, if you want to come and offer your help, please, do get in touch with the Camp, so that things can be arranged for you. A good way to do that might be an email sent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bialowieza Forest, the last natural lowland forest of Europe, is still suffering from heavy timber-harvesting equipment and illegal logging.
If you care, don’t hesitate to show your support.
You can sign an open letter or donate some money for the defenders of the Forest. Autumn has begun and brought cold, rainy weather. The conditions in the Camp for the Forest are becoming really tough. But activists will stay as long as needed.
Bialowieza Forest needs your help. It’s also your heritage! Be with us!
What is happening?
Large scale state-sanctioned logging destroying Europe’s last primeval forest.
After years of efforts to limit the scale of logging and increase the amount of protected areas in Białowieża Forest, the current Polish Government has taken a radically different direction. Using the outbreak of the spruce bark beetle as an excuse, intensive logging has begun in pristine parts of the Forest. In the first four months of 2017 over 10 thousand trees have been cut down in parts of the Forest with the oldest, over 100-year-old trees. The recently imposed legal ban on entering major parts of the Forest serves to prevent citizen control of the intensified logging. Białowieża Forest, the last natural forest of European lowlands, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to European bison and thousands other species, is now in danger.
What is done to help?
A camp was set up to stop the devastation of the Forest and advocate for turning it into a national park.
In the last weeks logging was blocked four times by activists chaining themselves to harvesters: heavy-duty tree-felling machines. Citizens’ walks were held, where over 1000 people violated the ban to claim their right to the Forest and to reveal the scale of logging. Media were contacted and joined the protests and walks to keep Polish and international audience informed. However, in order to protect the Forest, efforts should urgently be increased. This is why a camp was set up, a self-organized place, which is a base for continued action, which fosters peaceful resistance and educates about the struggle to protect the Forest. This is why international solidarity is so much needed – because we need mass mobilization to stop the devastation!
What can you do?
- Join the International Solidarity Week (3-9 of July) and organise locally a demonstration or happening demanding full protection of the Białowieża Forest. This first week of July, UNESCO meets in Cracow to discuss the future of the Forest as a World Heritage Site. Let them know that the whole world is watching!
- Come to Białowieża and join us, we need as many people as possible to build the critical mass!
- You can stay in the camp and we also recommend local housing and local restaurants in order to support the local community which is struggling because of government actions.
- Spread the word and ask your local media to contact us, to put the Forest devastation in the spotlight.
- Support us with a donation to fund organisation of the camp, materials needed for peaceful actions and legal aid for the activists.
Fund raising for the Forest is one more initiative worth supporting if you want to contribute and save the Forest.
- Polish, foreign and international organizations show their support for the Białowieża Forest. If you still haven’t done it, sign a petition now!
Entire Forest as a National Park kochampuszcze.pl
Save Europe’s last primeval forest petiton Bruno Manser Fond
Bialowieza-Urwald erhalten, Holzfäller stoppen petition Rettet den Regenwald e.V.
Info on logging in the Forest & planned activities: email@example.com
The camp: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crowd funding campaign: pomagam.pl/dlapuszczy
You can also support the Camp by giving them some necessary things.
Thank you for your support!